As a girl and an athlete, I recall my surprise when some of my favorite players like guards Cynthia Cooper and Dawn Staley started wearing make-up coincidentally around the same time the WNBA debuted.
Comments like “She’s definitely a lesbian.” “OMG she looks like a man!
Growing in popularity and profitability, the responsibility of advancing the league and the role of women in sports is not lost on the WBNA players.
"You're not only looking out for your own name but for the reputation of the WNBA in trying to help it grow. One needs look no further than the box office or the bookshelf to see how what it means to “act like a lady” remains a perennial topic for societal discourse.
She scored 24 points on 11-for-19 shooting, grabbed nine rebounds, dished two assists and blocked a pair of shots.
After forcing up fadeaway shots in a dismal Game 2 showing in which she told ESPN’s La China Robinson, “I sucked,” Parker made an effort to get into the paint.